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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2018 01:50 am
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I came back from vacation to a tank dripping water on the floor. I installed a heat pump for my HVAC system and it's been a good choice so far. I have really hard water. About two months after I moved into the house and got the water system running my hot water made the house smell horrible. So I pulled the anode and the smell was gone. 2 years later my fairly new tank is about to ruin my basement.


Short. Is a heat pump wh with a upgraded anode work? Is there a tank on the market with this option already?

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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2018 04:59 pm
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When you removed the anode, you doomed your water heater to rusting out early. It provides rust protection. You should have replaced it either with an aluminum/zinc anode or powered anode. Read my smelly water page at waterheaterrescue.com.

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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2018 08:05 pm
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I completely understand why my current tank failed. I was hoping to see if anyone had any experience with heat pump hot water heaters and the powered anode setup.

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 Posted: Thu Jun 7th, 2018 02:08 am
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People with heat-pump heaters do buy them. I'm not sure you'll find anybody talking about that here, though. People only come here when something doesn't work.

If you have a water softener, you should get a powered anode. If not, aluminum/zinc usually works.

Randy Schuyler

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I guess the lack of people talking about them might be a good sign or there not old enough to fail yet. I called Richmond and they suggested the Aluminium rods first.

I got a Richmond 50 Gallon Hybrid Electric today and the aluminium replacement anode. Hopefully I can report back some good news about the smell. My original whirlpool made me so mad I pulled it out on memorial Day weekend an hour before people were coming over for a party. It was nasty.


As far as the power anodes go does the one the site offers dip down into the tank or is that not necessary?

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 Posted: Fri Jun 8th, 2018 04:11 am
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The solid probe-type anode is OK to use with a new tank. I'd be reluctant to use one with a tank in service for any length of time.

Randy Schuyler

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 05:23 pm
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After about 3 weeks and minimal use the smell hit at week 4 with a vengeance. Anyone have some options I should look into.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 7th, 2018 09:10 pm
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Did you buy a powered anode from me? If so, under what name? If you bought it from me, I'll help you troubleshoot this. If you didn't, you're on your own. I don't provide customer service to other people's customers.

Randy Schuyler

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 Posted: Sun Jul 8th, 2018 08:44 pm
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Not yet. I tried the Al replacement rod first. I was hoping that might do the trick. Once I get to work tomorrow I am going to order one. I wasn't sure if other people also tried chlorination or any other options for the smell.

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